If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Netradyne, a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology focusing on driver and commercial fleet safety, today announced that its Driveri platform has been selected as the winner of the "Best AI-based Solution for Transportation" award from AI Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) market today. "Netradyne's recognition by the Artificial Intelligence Awards as being the best AI-based solution for transportation reiterates our company's belief that we are driving forward the potential for AI in all aspects of the transportation space including commercial trucking and autonomous vehicles," said Sandeep Pandya, Netradyne President. "This organization recognizes cutting edge AI technology at the highest levels and to have the Driveri platform mentioned alongside so many other impactful companies such as Google, NVIDIA and IBM is a tremendous honor. We are elated by the recognition and will continue to look for innovative ways to showcase AI's unique and impactful capabilities within transportation." The mission of the AI Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of AI and machine learning related categories, including AI platforms, Deep Learning, Smart Robotics, Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, industry specific AI applications and many more.
Chinese phone maker Vivo has announced its own 3D sensing technology that could rival Apple's Face ID facial recognition feature. Vivo claims that its technology will have 10 times more sensor points than Apple's solution. "Vivo's TOF 3D Sensing Technology features industry-leading performance in depth of information captured with its 300,000 sensor points, which is 10 times the number of existing Structured Light Technology. This raises the bar by enabling 3D mapping at up to three meters from the phone while having a smaller baseline than Structured Light," Vivo said in a press release. "TOF 3D Sensing Technology is also simpler and smaller in structure and allows for more flexibility when embedded in a smartphone.
Microsoft has reported strong Q3 results that beat analyst expectations, with revenues of $26.8 billion, up 16 percent year on year, or 13 percent in constant currency. Productivity and business processes revenues were up 14 percent at $9 billion; Office 365 commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 12 percent overall; Intelligent Cloud revenues hit $7.9 billion, up 15 percent year on year, while Azure revenues saw growth of 93 percent – having logged over over 90 percent growth for ten consecutive quarters. CEO Satya Nadella hailed the results, and suggested that AI, intelligence, edge computing, and the IoT stand at the core of the company's repositioning in recent years – which has taken place under his leadership. "It was another strong quarter, the result of picking the right secular trends," he said. "The intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge era is already upon us.
The recognition of objects is one of the main goals for computer vision research. Some of the applications include: the automation on the assembly line, inspection of integrated circuit chips to detect defects in them, security in face and fingerprint recognition, medical diagnosis and detection of abnormal cells that may indicate cancer, remote sensing for automated recognition of possible hostile terrain to generate maps and aids for the visually impaired of mechanical guide dogs. However, 3D object recognition has been one of the challenging processes facing computer vision systems. One Maryland-based startup may finally have the answer to the problem. The startup, Z Advanced Computing, announced today that it has made technical and scientific breakthrough towards Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), where the various attributes and details of 3D (three dimensional) objects can be recognized from any view or angle, using its novel General-AI techniques.
The ethics of artificial intelligence will be critical to the success of AI going forward, a Microsoft leader and a keynote speaker at the AI Day event in Auckland next week says. Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft's AI Business, says that given AI has the potential to reshape not just industries and governments, but society as a whole. "Working on the ethics of the use of AI, from the beginning, in key areas like transparency, accountability, privacy and bias will be crucial to the success of AI going forward. "There is a strong focus on the ethical implications of the AI systems that are being built and deployed." The European Commission's group on ethics in science and new technologies recently warned that existing efforts to develop solutions to the ethical, societal and legal challenges AI presents are a'patchwork of disparate initiatives'.
A new microscope will use image recognition software and machine learning technology to identify and count malaria parasites in a blood smear. The EasyScan GO, announced at MEDICA, the medical industry's leading trade fair, is the result of a partnership between the Global Good Fund, a Seattle-based group funded by philanthropist Bill Gates, and Motic, a China-based company that specializes in manufacturing microscopes. Field tests have demonstrated that the machine learning algorithm is as reliable as an expert microscopist in fighting the spread of drug resistant malaria.